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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha of West Bengal don't oppose GTA poll in Bengal
Earlier, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had signed a treaty with the state government to accept the recommendations of a higher committee. But after the one-man committee report was published, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha planned a bigger movement, and decided not to contest elections.

IT IS heartening that the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders, at least, a big section of them, show keen interest in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) election. The Morcha will, however, finalise it only after the briefing of the 21-member party delegation.

Personally, Bimal Gurung feels that it is time to contest elections. The key issue before the Morcha is still the inclusion of the territory and not the election.The state government will issue the notice on the delimitation of GTA constituencies later this month. In its meeting the state government tried to convince the Morcha delegation that it should agree to contest the elections in the areas in the hills.

The members said in the meeting that they had the mandate from Morcha leaders not to talk on elections but only on the territory issue. The Morcha was unhappy over the inclusion of the five of the 396 mouzas from the Tarai and Dooars. According to them, the Shyamal Sen report was unfair and humiliating.

The Justice Shyamal Sen Committee report will be revised by a three-member fact-finding committee headed by Manoj Agarwal, secretary, North Bengal Development Department. The new committee will submit report after six months. Morcha is now not dead against the elections of the GTA, but they have not given any clear opinion on the issue.

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